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Vote Of Confidence For PM: Govt To Convene NA Session

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The federal government will summon a new session of the National Assembly for a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Imran Khan.

This move comes after the victory of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, the opposition’s candidate against PTI’s Hafeez Sheikh, from Islamabad. Gilani won the the general seat from Islamabad with 169 votes while Hafeez Sheikh was able to amass a total of 164 votes.

The decision to summon a NA session was announced by PTI member and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a press conference. “PTI has unanimously decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan will take a vote of confidence from the National Assembly.” Along with him at the press conference were Federal Ministers Shafqat Mehmood, Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Hammad Azhar and others.

Qureshi called Yousuf Raza Gilani’s win as a “negation for democracy” and said the Senate elections proved the premier’s apprehensions of the corrupt practices in elections.

“We were apprehensive that the elections will be bought and the buyers of conscience will buy the votes using the name of democracy,” the foreign minister said.

Clause 7 of Article 91 of the Constitution allows the prime minister to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly.

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